McGuffey guest brings Reading Raider ‘Balto’ experience to life for students

Third-graders and staff at the McGuffey PK-8 School welcomed the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland Tuesday, March 12, 2024 as part of the Warren City Schools’ Reading Raider Program.

The students learned about sled dogs and the supplies and tools mushers use when driving sled dogs. The highlight of the visit came when Siberian Husky Flint entered the gymnasium, where the presentation was held. Students had the opportunity to pet Flint and see a sled dog up close.

Additionally, as their book for the day through the Reading Raider program, students received “Balto,” a book about the Alaskan Husky that achieved fame when he led a team of sled dogs driven by Gunnar Kaasen on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported using sled dogs.

Later, Balto lived the Cleveland Zoo until his death on March 14, 1933, at the age of 14. He body remains on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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